The Sultanpur National Park recorded a rise in nesting and breeding of summer migratory birds this season, said officials of the sanctuary.
This year, 67 species of birds were recorded breeding in the park, compared to 58 species last year, the officials said. Painted stock, purple heron, grey heron and pond heron are some of the birds that bred in the park this season.
“The breeding started late this year due to high temperature and humidity that is not suitable for nutritional and other requirements of summer breeding birds,” said an official of the park.
This year, the number of painted stock spotted in the park rose to 400, compared to 281 last year. There are more than 90 species of birds at the park. Around 25 of them are water birds. The park is located around 15km from Gurgaon.
“Though nesting started a bit late this year, the park recorded an increase in the number of summer birds, especially painted storks,” said Purbasha Banerjee, biologist, Bombay Natural History Society.
With an aim to attract more birds and provide them a more comfortable atmosphere, the lake this year was filled with 12 lakh small fish, as against 8.5 lakh fish last year. The fishes, which are food of the birds, are rohu, katla, common carp and mrigal, said officials.
“We filled the pond with fish twice this year. The first time on July 14 and second time on August 16. We have even trimmed the grass inside the pond and have created small islands to increase nesting options for the birds,” said a wildlife officer.
Officials from the sanctuary said the park will reopen on October 1.
The breeding season starts around April and ends by September. The birds that arrive early at the park for breeding are lapwing, lark and pipit.